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‘Quarter of death of young children worldwide by contaminated living environment’

‘Quarter of death of young children worldwide by contaminated living environment’

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A quarter of the mortality of children under the age of five worldwide is due to an unhealthy or polluted living environment. For example, dirty drinking water, air pollution, passive smoking or poor hygiene.

World health organization (WHO) states that in total, every year 1.7 million children die due to an unhealthy living environment. Eventually die, the children are often from diarrhea, malaria and pneumonia.

“A polluted environment is deadly, especially for young children,” says WHO director Margaret Chan in a statement. Chan stressed that children are particularly vulnerable to polluted air, and dirty water because their bodies, lungs and immune system are still in development.

Babies

In the report, writes the WHO that the damage may already be done to babies in the womb. This is at a later age as young children, both indoors and outdoors, be exposed to a contaminated environment.

At a later age increases a polluted situation, the risk of pneumonia, chronic respiratory diseases such as asthma, heart disease, strokes and cancer, the report said.

According to the WHO, will be improved water quality and the use of cleaner fuels, the health greatly improved.

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